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Michael Gove & Sarah Vine: With public sector custodians like these, who needs enemies

So, here was the initial story in The Telegraph about the useless NHS (with something very similar appearing in the Daily Mail) letting down one of our glo...

You can posture all you want about seven-day services but it will come down to resources

It's been amusing to see the #ImInWorkJeremy take wings on social media. Enough already has been said about whether consultants should work 7 days or no...

How do we find and nurture the people that will lead the NHS over the next 10 years?

Lord Rose, the former boss of M&S, was invited by the Health Secretary at the start of 2014 to review what might be done to attract and develop talent ...

“A seven-day NHS is the right ambition but will be difficult to deliver”

There is much to welcome in the Secretary of State’s 25-year vision for the NHS, including the continued focus on safety and quality of care, the emphasi...

Dr Janis Burns: The letter that started the #I’mInWorkJeremy campaign

Dear Mr Cameron, On Wednesday morning this week I returned to work at 0800. I worked the weekend in Intensive Care as a junior doctor, for your informat...

Legal reform cannot come soon enough to tackle spiralling clinical negligence bills

Today’s figures (this year's £1.1bn NHS clinical negligence pay out) only accentuate the need for a complete rethink of personal injury law. Multi milli...

What’s the Open Golf Tournament got to do with an NHS Labour ward?

In case you have failed to notice, The Open Golf tournament is taking place in St Andrews this weekend. This means almost all of the menfolk (and some of t...

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt’s vision for doctors and the NHS: at-a-glance

Jeremy Hunt has set out his ambition to make sweeping NHS changes to create a “more human” seven-day service that has fewer targets but more transparen...

Pay review body’s proposals for trainees contract – ‘time to end pay banding’

1: Pay should be based on stages of training and actual progression to the next level of responsibility, evidenced by taking up a position at that level. ...

Respiratory Medicine: Trial of gene therapy for cystic fibrosis to show beneficial effect on lung function

For the first time gene therapy for cystic fibrosis has shown a significant benefit in lung function compared with placebo, in a phase 2 randomised trial p...

Tropical diseases: Trial finds oral cholera vaccine protects against endemic disease

An oral cholera vaccine (Shanchol) given as part of routine health services is safe and protects against severe cholera in children and adults in urban Ban...